Taking to Facebook earlier today, UK2000 Scenery gave a bit more detail around the reasoning behind their business decision. Firstly, they said there was “not enough profit” in Prepar3D products compared to Microsoft Flight Simulator products. They also said that thanks to the in-sim Marketplace, there is further reach by using different platforms.
Secondly, UK2000 Scenery said that the “P3D engine is horrible” and is “miles behind MSFS”. They said that it’s not fun to develop and continues to cause numerous bugs thanks to the legacy FSX issues. Finally, UK2000 Scenery said that 80% of the support tickets they receive are nothing to do with their actual scenery and instead to do with Prepar3D itself or third-party tools (e.g. SODE).
As a result of those reasons, UK2000 has said they are suspending all development on the platform until there’s a new major update with an improved graphics engine that allows for scenery development to happen with fewer bugs and issues.
Whilst the team knows this isn’t the news people want to hear, they remind people that they are a business and those needs come first.